The Tree has always played an important part in folklore and myth. It symbolizes the eternal cycle of life and death and resurrection; it is a figure as well as a pledge of community life. In spring the tree puts forth its tender buds and flowers; through the long summer its leafy branches cover both men and beasts with shade and comfort; and in fall, when its work is done and its life giving fruits have been plucked from its withering limbs, its sap returns to the earth for the winter to await the resurrection of spring. Families, tribes, empires are likened to trees. The cosmic tree which stand on the top of the mountain of God and upholds the dome of heaven is a symbol or world order.
Note: All of these symbols can be seen on the outside walls of the Hesburgh Library.